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The Native Tourist
reformed/biblical observations on Christianity and culture

Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Non-Representational
When I was an undergraduate student hanging out with art majors, we used to joke about "abstract" art. We imagined the following imaginary conversation...

"Do you make abstract art?"

"Yeah, of course I do. If my art wasn't abstract, it would be real life."

I have always preferred the term "non-representational" rather than "abstract" to talk about art which does not depict/represent some aspect of the real (or imaginary) world.

Anyway, take a look at this review of Kirk Varnadoe's Pictures about Nothing from Books & Culture. Some "non=representational" artists that I like include

Agnes Martin

Richard Diebenkorn (esp Ocean Park series)

Sean Scully